196 VERDICT OK INDIA
reap for Britain golden rewards, not only in the things of
merce but in the things of the spirit, by reminding us of our
kinship with the great Muslim world, with which, if we would
only admit it, we hare so pround an affinity.
A friend who has read this chapter made the following corn-
meat : c Jinnah, as you have enunciated him, sounds convincing,
but to what estent does he really represent Muslim opinion?
Is the Muslim League, in actual fact, identical with Muslim India?
If it is, then Pakistan wins; if it is not, and if there is any con-
siderable body of Muslims who oppose the League, your whole
argument falls to the ground/
This is an important point, and it deserves an, answer. It can
be given very briefly.
If the Muslim League does not represent Muslim India, one may
politely inquire who does ? If there is any other organization
challenging its right to speak for the Muslim masses, what is it ?
Where is it hiding itself? And why, if there were even the faintest
shadow of opposition to the League in the Muslim ranks.. .why,
oh why is even the Congress unaware of its existence ? Why does
Congress confine all its complaints, so loudly and bitterly, to
the League ? Why does Congress proclaim, day in and day out,
that it is with the League that they must reach a settlement ?
Why does Gandhi address all his pleas, his admonitions, and his
scoldings to Jinnah, the leader of the League ?
The answer, surely, is sufficiently obvious; it is because the
League is Muslim India. There are no discordant voices for the
Dimple reason that the League is the complete expression of the
For those who like statistics, the figures are overwhelmingly
convincing. With only one exception,1 EVERY SINGLE BY-ELEC-
TION FOUGHT BY THE MUSLIMS ANYWHERE IX INDIA DURING THE
LAST SEVEN YEARS HAS BEEN WON BY LEAGUE CANDIDATES.
They were*cent per cent pro-Pakistan, their programmes con-
tained not the faintest shadow of the suggestion of compromise or
prevarication, and they swept the board, every time, everywhere^
*A curious case m the United Provinces, where local and personal prejudfcfea
confused the issue.